Caregiver Training Schedule_October 2023

Advanced Adoption: Effects of Trauma and Loss on Adopted Children

This course takes you beyond the introductory level into beginning to understand more deeply the emotional, mental and physical needs an adoptive child may have. A startlingly high number of adoptions are not successful, which is why it is so important that you have realistic expectations and adequate support, both of which are explored in this training.

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 24
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Building Life Skills for Drug Impacted Children

This training will focus on how children exposed to prenatal substance abuse in their life have an increased chance of experiencing many effects, such as poor social, cognitive, and emotional development, physical, mental, and health issues, depression, anxiety, concentration and learning difficulties, trouble controlling their responses as well as other traumatic issues. 

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 3
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Caregiver’s Understanding and Supporting Family Time

This training is designed to provide an understanding of Family Time. As caregivers, you play an important role in supporting children, siblings and families in maintaining their connections. Family Time will be developed to give parents and children quality time, in the least restrictive setting, so their family bonds and connections will be preserved while temporarily not being able to live together. You will learn what will be included in Family Time plans and the reasoning around supervision levels.

1-4 p.m. Oct. 17
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Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching helps prepare children from birth to 5 years old for the challenges they face throughout their lifetime. A child’s ability to delight in the happy times and recover from the bad ones is a key part of emotional health. By learning and practicing the 5 steps of Emotion Coaching, you can make an important investment in a child’s future.

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 11
5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12
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Honoring Their History: Memory Preservation for Children in Care

This course focuses on how to support a child’s well-being through the recording of memories and other parts of their life during their time away from their family. This webinar introduces the idea of memory preservation as central to a child’s welfare, because it provides many benefits to emotional and mental health. 

1-4 p.m. Oct. 24
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Impacts of Prenatal Drug Exposure

This focused topic training for caregivers will identify and address the various types of drugs used during pregnancy; the impacts those drugs have on the Infant, toddler, and school-age child; and recognize the effects of prenatal drug exposure so caregivers can be proactive in their care and guidance of the children in their care. 

6-9 p.m. Oct. 10
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Introduction to the Investigative Process for Caregivers

This course provides licensed and unlicensed caregivers a deep look at the Licensing Division (LD) Child Protective Services (CPS) and Licensing Investigation (LD) processes, starting with Intake, through the investigation, and concluding with the report and the potential for appeals.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 26
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Kinship 101: Information for Relatives and Suitable Others

This course is designed for licensed and unlicensed caregivers caring for children currently or previously involved in the dependency system. Caregiver Core Training (CCT) is not a prerequisite. However, this course is supplemental to CCT for kinship caregivers, and can be a field experience during CCT.

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17
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Paper Trail: Documentation Training for Caregivers 

This training will cover best practices for documentation to prepare and support you and others involved in the child’s life, with the ultimate goal of sharing information, concerns and progress. Focused learnings around why documentation matters are central to the course – specific scenarios help translate ideas to real-life examples.

9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 25
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Parenting Teens

The “Parenting Teens” series comprises seven parts for prospective and current foster, adoptive, kinship and guardian parents who are or will be raising older children from foster care who have moderate to severe emotional and behavioral challenges.

Parenting Teens Part 1: Introduction and Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Youth in Foster Care
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Parenting Teens Part 2: Parenting Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 9

Parenting Teens Part 6: Understanding and Managing Youth’s Challenging Behaviors Second Session
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 13

Parenting Teens Part 7: New Suitcase of Parenting Knowledge and Skills
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 16

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Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

This series of courses for caregivers teaches the Positive Discipline model. The first course, Introduction to Positive Discipline, teaches the foundational concepts of the model and is required before taking any of the other six courses. After this first course is taken, the remaining modules may be taken in any order.

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Introduction to Positive Discipline
5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: Understanding the Brain
5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way: What Is Positive Discipline?
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 4
5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24

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Relative/Kinship Caregiving: Navigating Change and Supporting the Children in Your Care

This course explores how to navigate changing relationships between adults as well as the feelings and behaviors of the children. You’ll spend time in class focusing on yourself, too, looking at how you can cope and care for yourself through the inevitable ups and downs.

1-4 p.m. Oct. 30
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Talking With Children About Race

Recent research has shown that children have very complex understandings of differences and how they make meaning of stereotypes. Because of this, it is important to give children anti-bias messages, through actions and words that actively counter what they are internalizing and witnessing in the world. In this workshop we will explore how children and youth learn and practice racism and privilege. Participants will learn strategies to for acting on teachable moments and ways to create counter narratives.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25
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Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Module 1: Connecting Principles

TBRI® is an attachment-based approach to parenting that is designed to meet the complex needs of children. TBRI uses the Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. This module focuses on attachment, which is the most important dynamic system that a child experiences during development. 

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Trust-Based Relational Intervention: Introduction and Overview to TBRI 

TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This course is an overview designed to give you exposure to all parts of TBRI® by highlighting the ways in which each section of the intervention strategy fits into the holistic nature of TBRI®. 

1-4 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16
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Why Children Lie: Development, Trauma, and Supporting the Truth 

This training will take you through understanding what lying is, why it happens and how to support the truth. “Why Children Lie” addresses lying on several levels.  

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 7
1-4 p.m. Oct. 25
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